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This tour will be closing January 31, 2015.

Introduction

Historically, IVAO tours have provided pilots with point-to-point routes where everyone always flies the same tour. While this is a great way to take in breathtaking landscapes, discover new places, and find our best avaiation challenges, we have decided to do something different.....

We are pleased to present you with a new on-demand tour: The Big 4.

As with our highly praised IFR 2013 - A Pilot's Life tour, this tour has several elements that you, the pilot, can control. YOU can choose your airline. YOU can choose your aircraft. And it's all laid out for YOU on YOUR schedule. Plus, it's all automated...no paperwork to file.

As before, this is a points-based tour. It's simple: The more you fly, the more points you earn. The better you fly, the more points you earn. The more points you earn, the more awards you earn. (Not to mention bragging rights via the leaderboard!)

Before joining us on this adventure, please review the rules. They're simple and easy to follow, but they contain a lot of specifics that you need to know.

Curious about what airlines we offer for this tour? Check out the airlines tab. There's four to choose from all with complete schedules from this winter. Yes, we chose the biggest airlines in the USA per popular demand.

Already read the rules? Head over to the My Personal Settings tab and signup. We just need some basic data from you so we can track your flights and contact you with your schedules. Don't worry, we promise not to send you any unsolicited e-mail or share this information with any other party. If you want us to use your IVAO website password, you are welcome to do so...our system is encrypted...we can't even read it.

Still have questions? Drop us a mail and we'll help you out. More importantly, have fun.


FAQ

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What's new this year?

  • We have new schedules with four new airlines: American, Delta, United, and US Air.
  • The system now has 3 tiers of promotion. Those in career mode will get a promotion at 1000 points. Everyone will get the "HEAVY" promotion at 2000 points.
  • The system now recognizes days of operation. Thus, you will not get assigned a flight for Monday that does not actually operate on Monday.
  • There will be a schedule update for the Summer.
  • Cooperative friend mode is now available. See the "Friend Mode" section for details.
  • Preview Available Flights map is now available from the Personal Settings page. This will show you what destinations are served from the hub you select and by what aicraft.
  • Added JAN 5: Weather Waiver option available when visibility is below 1/2 SM or ceilings are less than 200ft as shown by METAR at the arrival airport only.

For this tour, the following rules and regulations are in place:

  • All flights must be completed online using a valid real-weather source.
  • All flights must be completed under instrument flight rules with adherence to applicable governing federal regulations.
  • Pilots will be required to register for this tour including providing a valid e-mail address. This information will be considered confidential and will not be shared with any 3rd party. The e-mail address will be used only for communication regarding the tour and pilots may choose to turn off e-mail notifications under their personal preferences.
  • Pilots are expected to have appropriate charts on board. All US charts can be found at http://www.skyvector.com or http://www.airnav.com.
  • Your flight plan remarks must include RMK/USIFR14. This is how the system will track you.
  • Before takeoff, you must be online for a period of no less than 5 minutes. After landing, you must be online for a period of no less than 5 minutes. Again, this is for system tracking.
  • Some assignments may be international flights. Please remember that flight regulations may differ from country to country. We are guests of these neighboring divisions and as a tour participant, your conduct is representative of the US Division. You may opt out of international flights if you so desire via your personal settings.
  • Flight assignments include the aircraft type to use. Your flight plan must reflect the correct aircraft.
  • Diversions are allowed due to poor weather. In the case of a flight diversion, you must complete your flight within 6 hours from your diversion airport to your destination when the weather has improved. You must keep the same callsign.

Assignments

Assignments are based upon the following settings in your user preferences:

  • Career Mode  (Aircraft promotion scale with bonus points)
  • Airline Preference  (You may choose only one, but you may transfer with penalty)
  • Start Day  (Day of week you want to start your schedule)
  • Deployment Duration  (How many days in a row you want flights)
  • Aircraft Type  (Some options disabled in Career Mode)
  • Pilot Base  (Can changed at anytime without penalty)
  • Domestic Only  (Disables International Flights)
  • OK to Mix Aircraft  (When enabled, all selected aircraft are available for assignment)
  • Quick Turn-Arounds  (Will cause flights on the same day to have one hour or less in between.)
  • Max Flight Length  (Specifies the maximum flight length you will accept.)
  • Time of Day  (Specifies local time of flights preference.)

Assignments are available two days before your start day, so, if you choose to start your flights on Mondays, you will be eligible for selection on Saturday. You may accept or reject the assignment given to you. If you reject the assignment, a new one will be generated to replace it. Your assignment will contain one evening flight on your first day, one morning flight on your last day and two flights on each intermediate day.

And yes, you MUST fly them in order.


Paperless Reporting System

As previously discussed, this tour uses our own unique paperless reporting system. Assuming you do everything correctly, you need to do nothing further. The system will automatically validate your flight and award you with the correct points within an hour or two after completion.

If we lived in a perfect world, this system would be flawless, but errors can happen. After reviewing your history if you see something that isn't right, follow the link on the history page to file a discrepancy report. Someone will manually review the flight and if all checks out, you will receive the credit you earned.

Remember, RMK/USIFR14.


Points System and Awards

The following is a breakdown of how points are awarded:

  • You will receive 10 points for each hour of flight. Example: A 2.5 hour flight will earn 25 points.
  • You will receive 10 bonus points for flying on the correct day.
  • You will receive 5 bonus points for an on-time departure. On-time means -15/+15 minutes on the correct date.
  • You will receive 5 bonus points for an on-time arrival. On-time means -15/+15 minutes on the correct date.
  • Career mode participants will receive 5 bonus points per flight at level 1 and 10 bonus points per flight at level 2/3.
  • Once you have earned 1000 points with any one company, you will receive 10 bonus points per flight with that same company.
  • Cooperative friend mode points are split evenly between all participants.

The career mode promotion will take place once you have accumulated 1000 points with a single company and again at 2000 points with a single company. If you change carriers, your company points will reset.

The tier 3 promotion will occur when 2000 points total have been accumulated.

Awards are earned as follows:

  • The Divisional IFR Tour award is earned at 2000 points.
  • The Great Division User Award is earned at 5000 points.

Friend Mode

The "Friend" mode was developed for pilots who like to fly online together.

In cooperative mode, all participating pilots will receive the SAME assignments, however, only ONE pilot may flight any listed flight. The total awarded points will be split evenly among all participants. You will also be locked into the same settings as a result. Any member of the friends group can accept them or request new ones. Once assigned, all members will be flying the same routes. It is not mandatory that you fly them together, however, it will give you the option to fly with your friends on the same routes if you desire. All participants must have "COOPERATIVE" selected as their friend mode for this to be active.

In individual mode, all participating pilots will receive the SAME assignments. You will also be locked into the same settings as a result. Any member of the friends group can accept them or request new ones. Once assigned, all members will be flying the same routes. It is not mandatory that you fly them together, however, it will give you the option to fly with your friends on the same routes if you desire. You will each receive full credit for all flights per the guidelines. All participants must have "INDIVIDUAL" selected as their friend mode for this to be active.

If you select "NONE" as your friend mode, regardless of what your other friends may select, you will be on your own.

You may update your friends list at any time. Selecting an added friend from the list and clicking GO will remove them. Likewise, you can add a friend by putting their VID in the box. You can also change your mode at any time you wish. In order for the system to work correctly, ALL PARTICIPANTS must add each other to their friends list.

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American Airlines

American Airlines, Inc., the principal subsidiary of AMR Corporation (AMR), was founded in 1934, but traces its roots back to the early days of aviation in the 1920s. American Airlines, American Eagle and the AmericanConnection carrier serve 260 airports in more than 50 countries and territories with, on average, more than 3,300 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers nearly 900 aircraft.

Notes: The E140 is an Embraer 140; it is filed on the ICAO flight plan as an E135. AAL operates the 777-200ER.

*Based on December 28, 2013 Schedules.

Hubs

  • KDFW
  • KJFK
  • KLAX
  • KMIA
  • KORD

Fleet

  • A319
  • B738
  • B752
  • B762
  • B763
  • B772
  • B77W
  • CRJ2
  • CRJ7
  • E135
  • E140
  • E145
  • MD82
  • MD83

Delta Air Lines

Delta Air Lines serves more than 160 million customers each year and is the largest airline in the world based on passenger volume. Delta was named by Fortune magazine as the most admired airline worldwide in its 2013 World's Most Admired Companies airline industry list, topping the list for the second time in three years.

With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 330 destinations in 65 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs nearly 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 700 aircraft. The airline is a founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance and participates in the industry's leading trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 15,000 daily flights.

Notes: The E175 is an Embraer 175; it is filed on the ICAO flight plan as an E170. DAL operates the 777-200ER.

*Based on December 28/29, 2013 Schedules.

Hubs

  • KATL
  • KCVG
  • KDTW
  • KJFK
  • KLGA
  • KMSP
  • KSLC

Fleet

  • A319
  • A320
  • A332
  • A333
  • B712
  • B737
  • B738
  • B739
  • B744
  • B752
  • B753
  • B763
  • B764
  • B772
  • B77L
  • CRJ2
  • CRJ7
  • CRJ9
  • DC95
  • E120
  • E145
  • E170
  • E175
  • MD88
  • MD90

United Airlines

United Airlines and United Express operate an average of 5,341 flights a day to more than 360 airports across six continents. In 2012, United and United Express carried more passenger traffic than any other airline in the world and operated nearly two million flights carrying 140 million customers.

United operates nearly 700 mainline aircraft and has made large-scale investments in its fleet. In 2013, United will continue to modernize its fleet by taking delivery of more than two dozen new Boeing aircraft. The company expanded its industry-leading global route network in 2012, launching nine new international and 18 new domestic routes. More than 85,000 United employees reside in every U.S. state and in countries around the world.

Notes: UAL operates both the 777-200 and 777-200ER.

*Based on Week of December, 23 2013 Schedules

Hubs

  • KCLE
  • KDEN
  • KEWR
  • KIAD
  • KIAH
  • KLAX
  • KORD
  • KSFO
  • PGUM

Fleet

  • A319
  • A320
  • B190
  • B737
  • B738
  • B739
  • B752
  • B753
  • B744
  • B763
  • B764
  • B772
  • B788
  • C402
  • CRJ2
  • CRJ7
  • DH8B
  • DH8C
  • DH8D
  • E120
  • E145
  • E170
  • SF34

US Airways

US Airways, along with US Airways Shuttle and US Airways Express, operates more than 3,100 flights per day and serves 198 communities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Central and South America. The airline employs more than 32,000 aviation professionals worldwide, operates the world's largest fleet of Airbus aircraft and is a member of the Star Alliance network, which offers its customers more than 21,900 daily flights to 1,329 airports in 194 countries. Together with its US Airways Express partners, the airline serves approximately 80 million passengers each year and operates hubs in Charlotte, N.C., Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington, D.C.

Notes: The E175 is an Embraer 175; it is filed on the ICAO flight plan as an E170.

*Based on December 26, 2013 Schedules

Hubs

  • KCLT
  • KDCA
  • KPHL
  • KPHX

Fleet

  • A319
  • A320
  • A321
  • A332
  • A333
  • B734
  • B752
  • B762
  • CRJ2
  • CRJ7
  • CRJ9
  • DH8A
  • DH8B
  • DH8C
  • E170
  • E175
  • E190

IVAO USA is not affiliated with nor endorsed by any airline. Images used for illustration purposes only.
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Today's Scheduled Flights
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
 
FlightDepartureArrivalEquipmentStatusOn-Time History

UAL200
PGUM
0525
PHNL
1645
B772ScheduledLow

AAL1288
KSAN
1315
KDFW
1815
B738ScheduledAverage

DAL1439
KSLC
1600
KLAX
1710
A320ScheduledLow

AAL2324
KDFW
1840
KTUL
1940
B738ScheduledAverage

DAL0618
RJAA
1900
PHNL
0752
B763ScheduledLow

Refreshed at 09:07:41 UTC

Preview Tomorrow's Flights

This Week's Leftovers
(Flights assigned before today that haven't been completed yet)
FlightDepartureArrivalEquipmentStatus

DAL2130
KSFO
0510
KSLC
0806
A319Scheduled

UAL15
KEWR
0815
PHNL
1257
B764Scheduled

UAL3006
KLBL
1545
KDEN
1605
B190Scheduled

UAL1099
KIAH
1915
KDEN
2047
B739Scheduled

AAL131
KORD
2030
KSAN
2230
B738Scheduled

*All times listed are local. This page will advance to the next day at 12:00 AM Pacific Time

ATC Planning Guide
ARTCC/FIRDeparturesArrivals
KZAK10
KZFW11
KZKC01
KZLA11
KZLC10
PHZH02
RJTG10
AirportWXTimezone000102030405060708091011121314151617181920212223 T 
KDFWKZFWCST (-6)                   2    2
KLAXKZLAPST (-8)                  1     1
KSANKZLAPST (-8)              1         1
KSLCKZLCMST (-7)                 1      1
KTULKZKCCST (-6)                    1   1
PGUMKZAKChST (10)      1                 1
PHNLPHZHHST (-10)        1        1      2
RJAARJTGJST (9)                    1   1
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Hooray! The schedules have been updated! All assignments will now follow the June/July schedules for your selected airline. Also, AAL now has the A321 active. DAL no longer has the DC95. DAL focus cities KLAX and KRDU have been added along with KSEA and RJAA which the latter two are available at 5000 points.
 
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The Leaderboard
PositionDivisionNameFlightsPointsCompanyLocationTypeRankAwards
1Djamal Boumenir63040772KEWRA320 
2Edmundo Alvarez57237270KDTWB738 
3Wolfgang Buerger26829400KEWRB772 
4Todd Moore46028432KJFKB738 
5David Sifuentes11111293RJAAB744 
6John Sousa16311239KLGAA320 
7Roberto16310153KLAXB738 
8Eric Olson1738638KDCAA319 
9Emmanuel Czerwinski988306KLGAB738 
10Pablo Silvestroni1458294KDFWB738 
11Mauro Porta1457788KOAKCRJ7 
12Jose Maldonado1547516KMEME145 
13Benedikt Hagemeister1277448KSFOA320 
14Zaidi Mataha1517076KMIAB738 
15Spyros Gallos1516988KSFOB752 
16Rafa Viquez1516732KDFWA319 
17Juergen Midwer1166701KPHXA320 
18Carlos Alberto1396169KORDB738 
19Hansjoerg Stipp1555923KDTWCRJ2 
20JOSE ANTONIO YEPES1105771KIAHB738 
21Christian Machado735696KSFOB752 
22Georg Nuss985619KIAHB738 
23Juan Carlos Marin965495KIAHB739 
24Steven Bartlett1365484KORDB738 
25Kai Krueger975405KATLA333 
26Elliott Kefalas935343KORDB752 
27Diego Battaglia805293KSFOB744 
28Jean Huart1115162KEWRB738 
29Andrea Farne1165117KDENA319 
30Moritz Werner895089KSANB752 
31Blanchetiere Laurent925071KIAHB737 
32Roch PERRIN795066KSEAB752 
33Thomas Mende1165049KMIAB738 
34Eik Schmidt775048WSSSB772 
35Geoffroy Sir1205041KDENB190 
36Brian Mensing885039MMMXB737 
37Vladimir Batalha805035KMIAB738 
38Joey Salzmann505034KMIAB738 
39jamal aljufain1235032KIAHA320 
40Oliver Hoffmann975013KIAHB763 
41Amjed Aldoahee1265011KIAHA320 
42Valtair Oliveira975008KATLB752 
43Tobias Goevert795006KIAHA320 
44Robertino Mihai825003KORDB738 
45Maxime Poncelet885002KRDME120 
46Ventsislav Genchev1065000KEWRA320 
47Raul Herrera574632KDCAB737
48Kristian Nikolic813863KSFOA320
49Matthias Kuenneth1003727KOMAB738
50Cosmo Vellucci773693KIAHB738
51Antonio Ribeiro553528KDTWB772
52Jim Ramos853298KORDB752
53MICHAUX Alain1083245KCMHB738
54Scott Ward643134KATLA320
55Miguel Pena693024KBOSB738
56Jehad Fahim642928KDENA319
57Ramon Delgado702866KIAHB738
58Paulo Lopes502595KMIAB738
59Rafael Capaverde Sntos652537KDTWE175
60Jaylynn Russell462533KDCAB738
61Thomas Gruenthal732528KMSPA319
62ANDREW DANGELO512433KDENB752
63Johann van Rhyn442281KATLB77L
64Ruben Tapia612269KMIAB739
65Andreas Herrmann462242KDENB190
66William Hall622219KSFOB737
67Francisco Fortes652209KATLB738
68Jorge Santos592144KDFWB772
69Dietmar Schoklitsch542048KEWRDH8D
70Pierre Dequack512047KBZNCRJ7
71Floris van der Voorn532043KLAXCRJ7
72Denton Young462024KIAHB738
73Matthias Schneidinger522023KIAHA320
74Carlos Poinho622000KMSPA320
75Nicolas David511893KIAHA320 
76Sandor Fraiko441819KCLTB734 
77Thomas Leitner461754KPHLB739 
78Karl Leprich361701KMIAE145 
79Gianni511583KDFWE145 
80Juho Mustaparta401452KATLB752 
81Levi Keagy461353KDENDH8D 
82Rodrigo Acioli501312KTPAB753 
83Avar Gombocz341245KATLB739 
84Jaime Canton391171KSFOB752 
85Paulo Coelho361110KMSPB738 
86Cesar Morales161066KMIAB738 
87Hugues Morel BANCOULI291047KATLB738 
88Muhammad Ali391045KLAXA320 
89Miklos Cserny351039KLAXCRJ7 
90John Fowler431013KDENA319 
91Patrick Denizot301008KLAXCRJ9 
92Martin Koehler32989KPHXA320 
93Rob Overdijk30979KMDTA320 
94Jodi Hutabarat30964KASECRJ7 
95Kent Garbi13936KJACB752 
96Javier Oyarbide35926KLAXB738 
97Pablo Blanco27862KATLB738 
98Luiz Augusto Jaborandy49855KDTWE145 
99Doug Martin30851KJFKE145 
100Quenon Maxime18819KLGAE170 
101Aaron Favors24815KDTWCRJ9 
102Andres van Goozen18744KSFOA320 
103Tom Gilmore24742KDTWMD88 
104julian ponga29705KSBNCRJ7 
105Simon Tester38663KLBLB190 
106Joaquim Gomes15634KIAHE175 
107Greg Bogosian19603KLAXE175 
108Taha Magdy17564KPIRB190 
109Rudy Foss17556KLGAB738 
110Bob Orr20554KBOSA319 
111Adrien Maffre14542KLGAA320 
112Juan Luis16537KCMHE175 
113Tareq Alattar11481KLAXA320 
114Jean Lekpeli25478KBZNA320 
115Flavio Schmid12465KDFWB738 
116Magby Sebastien2455KDENA320 
117Richard Wasserbauer10452KEWRB738 
118Chris Prophet21437KDENB190 
 Julian Toboll10437KFLLB752 
119Nasser Bader15419KSJCCRJ9 
120Enrico Folgoretti13385KSDFA319 
121Sotirios Aligiannis11382KLGAB738 
122Jethro Polancos9380KLAXCRJ7 
123Norman Guenzel10358KCOSDH8D 
124Luis de Barros12357KDTWCRJ7 
125Bastian Wagner18353KDENB738 
126Roberto Bianconi14339KPHXCRJ2 
127Abdullah Alkhrayef10331KDENCRJ7 
128ricardo colares matte11316KBOSB738 
129Daniel Franco16298KTPAB738 
130Richard Souaid10296KEWRDH8D 
131Martin Funk8276KDFWE175 
132Juan Torres Martin8275KCLEE170 
133Seth Leiser9272KORDCRJ7 
134Udo Korbanka8270KCLEE170 
135Sebastian Naujoks8267KINDE170 
136Javier Maneiro16257KMIAB738 
137halim sghaier12252KSFOE120 
138Jose Leone8250KATLB739 
139Robert Nagy7235KEWRDH8B 
140Kyle Cheung14234KSFOE120 
141Pino Di Pasquale9233KBOSB738 
142Alekcei BORIES8228KDTWE145 
143Alexandre Bavastro12222KICTB738 
144Alex Marx7221KSFOB738 
145Jose Maia9205KMDWA319 
146Alexander Trepczik9194KDENA320 
147Giorgos Pavlidis7187KGRBE145 
148Ivan Runac7181KMCOA320 
149Stas Harchuk7178KGSOE175 
150Felix Almonte5174KPHLA320 
151Giovanni Tricarico6172KLBLB190 
152Dany Garcia12163KDENA320 
153Jose Lacle4158KIAHB738 
154Christian Waschewski4150KMCIDH8D 
155Dirk Schurmann6149KINDE170 
 Marco Frosio5149KLGAE175 
156Jens Janssens7147KMDTA320 
157Magby Sebastien10143KBZNA320 
158Ahmed Alghamdi5142KDCAE170 
159Onno Nieuwenburg5133KCEZB190 
160POUPLET Thomas9131KBZNA320 
161Benedikt Funke4128KCOSDH8D 
162Lucian Claudiu Vasile6120KATLB738 
163Jarrett Iovine4113KORDB752 
164Pablo Giani4109KPNSE145 
165Daniel Alejandro Rodriguez Guerra2108SVMIB738 
166Alex Mottershead399KORDA320 
167Robert Pepio897KDENB738 
168Jort Bijker290KSFOCRJ7 
169Wim sommen488KSFOB738 
 Burgio Giorgio Aldo388KDFWE145 
170Michael Schittly276KCLEB190 
171Csanad Karsay374KSFOB739 
 Jens Bermig574KCLTDH8C 
172Anis Deddech369KIADDH8D 
173Max Schneider256KIAHE145 
 GUILLERMO FERRAGUT256KSMXE120 
174Deborah Lipsitz155KLAXB738 
175Diego Melendez354KDTWE145 
176Markus Marzian253KATLB738 
177Alejandro Moore146KIADDH8D 
178Carlos240KLBFB190 
179Guillaume Lebedel136KMSPE175 
180Joan Serra Torres135KATLCRJ9 
181Francesco Caianiello132KDTWE170 
182Justin Steinke230KSATB738 
183Joao Victor Braganca127KINDE170 
184Alberto125KDFWE140 
185Marco Fumero123KJHWB190 
186Ralph Kloess122KSFOB752 
 David Pallares122KCVGA320 
 sander122KRDUB738 



Tour Statistics
CarrierTotal PilotsCareer PilotsActive PilotsRoutes FlownFlight HoursTotal PointsMost Popular HubMost Popular Aircraft
7547215124087.874743KDFWB738
107662372011051.0198740KATLB738
129893454713622.9236494KDENA320
20140317786.113751KCLTE190
Totals: 33121671009629547.8523728B738
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